Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: California's Central Coast
It is a difficult decision, there are so many unknowns when you are 19. I talked my mother into letting me keep a puppy my friend's family would not let her keep when I was 16. That dog was the best thing for me at the time, I trained it, took it everywhere I could, got to go out exploring places my lazy friends would not do with me. However when I turned 19 I had to move out, my family was so depressing it was affecting my mental health. I could not take my dog, but as much as my family disregarded me, they loved and took very good care of the dog. Plus my sister's new boyfriend (married to her now), was especially good to the dog, and the dog loved him.
So from my experience, if you have good relations with your family or friends that are like family that you know would take great care of your dog if for some reason you had to move without it, then go for it (as long as you have the time to devote to it). You can also look into getting an older puppy or young adult from a GSD rescue.
This may be the beginning of a healthy, new lifestyle. Getting outdoors more, joining clubs and meeting different people from all races and ages.